Biden vs Trump. Who is a better supporter of Tibet?

Biden vs Trump. Who is a better supporter of Tibet?


I served in the Indian Army and the very first posting of my service gave me the opportunity to join the Tibetan Resistance Movement inheriting the concept of a ‘Soldier for Life’. In my analysis, the Biden statement on Tibet is not adequate. China cannot be contained just by giving verbal assurances of promoting the Tibetan Human Rights. The military occupation of Tibet must be resisted. The military occupier of Tibet must be evicted. This military mission cannot be accomplished without giving India strong support along the Himalayan Frontier. The US in the past has failed to engage China’s military power. Most recently, the Trump administration has changed the course and the direction of the US Policy in Kashmir.
In my analysis, President Trump has displayed a better understanding of the great Tibet Problem. China cannot be pushed aside without pushing the Dragon out of Kashmir.

Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada

Special Frontier Force-Establishment No. 22-Vikas Regiment

Biden says he will meet Dalai Lama, sanction China over Tibet

The nominee also vowed to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet and “step up” support for Tibetans.

WORLD Updated: Sep 05, 2020 08:06 IST

Yashwant Raj

Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington

Biden vs Trump. Who is a better supporter of Tibet? US Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has accused Trump of maintaining a “deafening silence” on Chinese actions in Tibet.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has said that as president he will meet the Dalai Lama, continuing a decades-old practice followed by American presidents with the exception of President Donald Trump, and press China to resume talks with Tibetans for “meaningful autonomy”.

The nominee also vowed to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet and “step up” support for Tibetans.

Biden accused Trump of maintaining a “deafening silence” on Chinese actions in Tibet and focusing instead on an “empty trade deal” and nurturing his “very good friendship” with China’s President Xi Jinping.

“As President, I’ll put values back at the center of American foreign policy,” Biden said in a statement Thursday. “I’ll meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama; appoint a new Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues.”

The nominee called out Trump for not meeting the Tibetan leader yet, saying “It’s disgraceful, though not surprising, that Trump is the first American president in three decades who has not met or spoken with His Holiness the Dalai Lama”.

Biden vs Trump. Who is a better supporter of Tibet?

The appointment of a special coordinator is mandated by the US Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 — “to promote substantive dialogue between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Dalai Lama or his representative”. The position has been vacant since January 2017, when President Trump took office.

Biden went on to say: “I’ll work with our allies in pressing Beijing to return to direct dialogue with the representatives of the Tibetan people to achieve meaningful autonomy, respect for human rights, and the preservation of Tibet’s environment as well as its unique cultural, linguistic and religious traditions.”

He will also “step up” support for the Tibetan people, he said, by, among things, expanding Tibetan language services at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to get information from the outside world into Tibet.

But the Trump administration has not been soft exactly on China over Tibet, as charged by Biden. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced visa restrictions in July on some Chinese officials because of Beijing’s restrictions on US diplomats, journalists and tourists from travelling to Tibet and for “human rights abuses” there.

Biden vs Trump. Who is a better supporter of Tibet?

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